Tempe Chamber of Commerce Supports School District Overrides, Bond in November Elections

by Christopher Samuels

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted August 22 to support the bonds and overrides proposed by the Kyrene Elementary School District and the Tempe Union High School District. The bond and override questions will be on the November ballot for Tempe voters to consider. The Tempe Chamber believes the money is needed… [More]

Tempe Chamber Announces New Members of the Board of Directors

by Christopher Samuels

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has confirmed three new members to its board of directors. Their terms will begin July 1. The new members of the board are: Tina Lee OneAZ Credit Union Lee is a seasoned financial services professional and a former small-business owner. She has been with OneAZ Credit Union for more than… [More]

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to Receive U.S. Chamber’s Spirit of Enterprise Award in Tempe (with photo op and Q&A)

by Christopher Samuels

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, representing the Arizona ninth district in the House of Representatives, was honored with the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at a ceremony hosted by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce on August 31. “We are honored to be represented by a member of Congress who places a… [More]

Desirae Noonan Awarded Tempe Chamber Volunteer of the Year

by Christopher Samuels

Desirae Noonan has been named the Tempe Chamber Volunteer of the Year and was honored at the Chamber’s Annual Luncheon on June 29. Noonan, the branch manager of Express Employment Professionals in Tempe, was involved in another chamber of commerce in Illinois at another job before moving to Arizona. She had her office re-join the… [More]

Robin Arredondo-Savage Honored with Spirit of Tempe Award

by Christopher Samuels

Robin Arredondo-Savage, Vice Mayor for the City of Tempe and a local small business owner, was honored by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce by receiving the Chamber’s annual Spirit of Tempe Award. The award recognizes a lifetime achievement of service, dedication and contribution to the community and honors hard work and a strong commitment to… [More]

What the Sales Leader of the Year Wants You to Know About Sales

by Chris Samuels

For nearly 40 years, Karla Boyles has been involved in selling one thing or another. She started her career in the fitness industry, then in 2004 moved to hotels, eventually settling into her role as director of sales for the Hampton Inn & Suites Tempe and the adjacent Red Lion Inn. Except she never settled.… [More]

Flame Broiler Aims to Bring Healthy, Affordable Food to Tempe

by Chris Samuels

Southern California is known for a few distinctive things: sunny, temperate skies; health-conscious food; and miles of easygoing beaches. Unfortunately, beaches aren’t coming to Arizona. Or reasonable temperatures in the summer. What is coming, however, is a couple from California looking to bring something new to Tempe and the Valley of the Sun: healthy food… [More]

Tempe Chamber’s Military Committee Honors Airman

by Chris Samuels

In a ceremony honoring the bravery and service of a former airman of the 944th Fighter Wing, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce bestowed the honor to another of the base’s best. Staff Sgt. Allen J. Long, a low observable aircraft structural technician tasked with testing the Air Force’s newest hardware, the F-35 Lightning II, was… [More]

New Faces at Tempe Chamber of Commerce

by Sean Donovan

Joanne Stockdale Named Business Development Director of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce The Tempe Chamber of Commerce hired Joanne Stockdale as its new Business Development Director in December. She will be responsible for the organization’s membership sector, overseeing its business support services and developing corporate partnerships. Stockdale is an experienced business development professional with excellent communication… [More]

Proposition 206 – What Employers Need to Know

by Sean Donovan

On November 8, Arizona voters adopted Proposition 206, which increases the state minimum wage and requires employers to provide paid medical leave to workers. Details of the Prop. 206 provisions are as follows: Arizona Minimum Wage Increase Prop. 206 increases the existing state minimum wage of $8.05 per hour to $10.00 in 2017, $10.50 in… [More]